Dirty Water Records

Taking Music Backwards Into Tomorrow

Filtering by Tag: garage rock

Trash City: MFC Chicken "Music For Chicken"

I first came across MFC Chicken playing in a dank pit in London last year, the place was hot, I was drunk and it sounded like I'd wandered into the Spanish Castle Ballroom in Seattle. They play the kind of loud, greasy, sax-driven white boy R&B that was heard in halls all over the northwest of America in the early 60s.

Read More

Raw Power Magazine: The Vicars "I Wanna Be Your Vicar"

Vicars of the third album is just ... excellent. These English boys have made good progress since their previous album. Psychotic Beat (2009) is undoubtedly a good album, but a bit too monochrome. With I Wanna Be Your Vicar, the trio of Bury St Edmunds is faultless. Removed in half an hour, the album has little downtime or unnecessary piece.

Read More

Schwindy's indie music spotlight: MFC Chicken "Music For Chicken"

MFC Chicken's self-titled album should come with the following warning: ""These songs are ridiculously catchy. Listen to it only around people who don't mind if you dance and sing along."" How catchy is this album? Any time I listen to it, I have to listen to the whole thing at least twice.

Read More

SoundsXP: MFC Chicken "Music For Chicken"

The story of how MFC Chicken came into being is an interesting one, if we trust the press release at least. Hot off the plane from Canada, Spencer Evoy found himself outside a fried chicken shop on Holloway Road with no cash in his pockets, so he resorted to busking with the saxophone he was carrying to raise funds to satisfy his rumbling belly.

Read More

Fungal Punk: The Thanes "Dishin' The Dirt" b/w "I Don't Want You"

So, the garage punk legends have a release on the equally legendary Dirty Water Records - what a combo to savour. First formed in 1980 the band went under the name of The Green Telescope until making the change to The Thanes in 1987 the reason being they wanted a title with a less psychedelic vibe and something that more accurately fit in with our sixties American teen-punk garage infatuation.

Read More

Fungal Punk: Thee Vicars "Every Day"

Hailing from Bury St Edmunds these maestros of the turbine tones make a clatter to rattle yer knackers to and judder your primitive instincts with. Imagine a fully oiled musical machine made bare, injected with a sublime life-force built on horror and degradation and then ordered to make music in the deepest, unholy cavern where only the most curious doth tread.

Read More

Mudkiss: Thee Vicars "You Lie" b/w "Don't Wanna Be Free"

Compared to The Seeds, similarities can be heard in bass and drums but Thee Vicars don’t have their psychedelic, Monkees style irony, despite being garbed as Wild West undertakers. What they do have is raw enthusiasm, Jam crossed with punk, heavy metal, rock, touch of hillbilly, Ska/Mod with wardrobe malfunction, mud splattered sharp creases, at times uncoordinated kitchen sink chaos, but great fun.

Read More

Kristerbladh.co.uk: The Wildebeests "Gnuggets"

If you’re in the habit of checking out new releases on London garage label Dirty Water, you couldn’t have missed this extravagant singles compilation set by The Wildebeests from November last year. The Wildebeests is a trio with members from The Thanes, The Kaisers and The Milkshakes and were set to play the Big Stramash weekender next week. Sadly the festival, which had a reformed The Poets on the bill (finally with a reissue on Grapefruit), has had to be postponed, but I will still go to Edinburgh to check out The Higher State on the 29th.

Read More

The Stool Pigeon: The Wildebeests "Gnuggets"

The Wildebeests are not the kind of garage band that you would hope to return to the garage that they crawled from to leave the engine running. Instead, the band features members of The Headcoats, Milkshakes, Thanes, Kaisers and Masonics, scuttling back to a fumigated time when rampant, raw beat music was as original as a SAAB 99.

Read More

Jezebel Music: The Routes "Do What's Right By You"

In my blind, ignorant times, as I held fast to 2003 and prayed the Soledad Brothers would get back together, I sometimes felt that garage rock was dead. It’s not, obviously. But bear with me for a second here, and take my mental journey. “All the Detroit groups I love have changed or become culturally irrelevant!” I wailed. “All the other music journalists make fun of me!”

Read More

Dirty Water Records London